Help shape future rail service

Boston Railway Station.
Boston Railway Station.

From faster journeys to more comfortable carriages, your views are wanted on how to improve a host of train services in Lincolnshire.

The Department for Transport is re-letting the East Midlands rail franchise in 2018 and has asked Lincolnshire County Council what improvements the authority would like to see.

The franchise includes Skegness to Nottingham via Grantham and Peterborough to Doncaster services via Sleaford and Lincoln.

Other services are Lincoln to Leicester, Norwich to Liverpool, and Grimsby/Cleethorpes to Newark North Gate.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for transport at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We have a great opportunity to put forward some ideas which could significantly improve rail provision in our county.

“We want to hear what improvements would encourage local residents to hop on a train, so please let us know what you’d like to see.

“More regular trains with extra capacity, improved connections, better Sunday services, faster journeys and more comfortable carriages with Wi-Fi are just some of our thoughts.

“We also know that many residents are keen to see extra trains to and from London, and while this service is operated by Virgin Trains East Coast and not part of this re-letting, improving connectivity with local East Midlands services at Newark North Gate and Grantham stations could help you reach the capital quicker.”

He added: “We will consider all views before we formally feedback to the Department for Transport in the summer.”

To have your say, email or call 01522 782070 before the end of February.

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